Finding Aid for the Samuel H. Chaney Civil War correspondence 2016.139.w.r

Wendy Gonaver
Center for American War Letters Archives
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866

Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Samuel H. Chaney Civil War correspondence
Creator: Chaney, Samuel H. , Private, 1840-1866
source: Kuykendall, Ronald L.
Identifier/Call Number: 2016.139.w.r
Physical Description: .2 Linear feet (2 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1863-1864
Abstract: This collection contains three letters written during the Civil War by Private Samuel H. Chaney, who served in Company F of the 43rd Indiana Infantry Regiment, Union Army. Chaney wrote to his wife, Rose Ann [Henderson] Chaney, and to their infant daughter, Alice Clementine Chaney. Also included in the collection are typed transcriptions of the letters, a brief biography of Samuel H. Chaney, and a photocopy from a notebook that belonged to Rose Ann Chaney.
Physical Description: The undated letter has torn corner and has been placed in a protective sleeve.
Language of Material: English .
Container: Civil War 2
Container: 14-15

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ronald L. Kuykendall


This collection is arranged chronologically by material type.

Biographical / Historical

Private Samuel H. Chaney (c. 1840-1866) was born in Coshocton County, Ohio. He married Rose Ann Henderson (1843-1889) in 1862. Their daughter Alice Clementine Chaney ((1863-1934) was born in April 1863. Chaney enlisted in Company F of the 43rd Indiana Infantry in December of 1863. His Regiment fought mainly in Arkansas. Company F under Captain James B. Dyer was stationed at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, whence Chaney sent his letters. He mustered out in June of 1865 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A photocopy of a page in his wife's notebook indicates that Samuel Chaney died on November 28, 1866. No cause of death was given.

Preferred Citation

[Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Samuel H. Chaney Civil War correspondence (2016.139.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
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Content Description

This collection contains three letters from Pvt. Samuel H. Chaney to his wife, Rosey Ann. In a letter dated "February," Chaney writes that "there Was only 17 men that got any money And onley got two monthes wages at That" [sic]. He encourages Rosey to ask her father for support during the War. A second letter, dated November 23, 1864, urges her to apply for store credit on the promise that Chaney will be paid wages in two weeks. He also states: "they Say that old Breckenridge are Coming here to atact us at this Place But I dont think that thare Is nothing of it" [sic]. In a third, undated letter, Chaney expresses love in verse for Rosey and their "Sweet little child That is So dear to me." He also asserts that he would like to drive "the Abolishners from the land they know Ocapy fore they are nither loyel Nore good Sitzens of the united States Nore they are not hardley white Nore fit to live amongest white folks but they have got the honest class of people in to it And they will stay back and ag It on just as fast as they can" [sic]. Lastly, the collection contains typed transcriptions of the correspondence; a brief biography of Samuel H. Chaney, presumably written by the donor; and a photocopied page from a diary that belonged to Rose Ann Chaney.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Correspondence -- American Civil War
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Kuykendall, Ronald L.